Annemarie and European Oils, Part II

Annemarie sent Gary Young on a quest to learn all about essential oils. Here he is pictured with the French master distiller Henri Viaud who became Gary's mentor in the art of distillation at his lab in France.

Annemarie sent Gary Young on a quest to learn all about essential oils. Here he is pictured with the French master distiller, Henri Viaud, who became Gary’s mentor in the art of distillation at his lab in France.

At 6 o’clock I couldn’t contain myself any longer, so I picked up the phone and dialed it. It rang once when I thought, oh Gary, don’t be ridiculous and don’t wake her up this early. I was putting the phone down when she answered and said, “Dr. Young, I was expecting your call.”

Because of that phone call, five days later I landed in Zurich, Switzerland; and her family met me at the airport. I went to a little village of Travers, spent a couple of days with the herbal medicine people, and then went on a train to the University of Geneva. There I took a 40-hour class with two doctors, Jean-Claude Lapraz and Paul Duraffourd on the properties of essential oils.

After visiting with them, they invited me to come to Paris after the seminar. So I jumped on a train and went to Paris and spent a week in the hospital with them where they were doing research with essential oils, putting one drop of essential oil on a sugar cube and giving it to the patient. The results were phenomenal.

At that point I then bought 13 different oils, 1 liter each, and brought them home to experiment with them in my clinic and on me. So that’s where I began my work.

So, yes, do I have a passion? Do I have a commitment? The answers are there if we want to search and find them.

Annemarie and European Oils, Part II

Fine-tuning the GC-MS in the Ecuador lab: Gary with his mentor, Herve Casabianca, PhD, the world's foremost GC-MS expert.

Fine-tuning the GC-MS in the Ecuador lab: Gary with his mentor, Herve Casabianca, PhD, the world’s foremost GC-MS expert.

Annemarie reached into her little briefcase, pulled out a manila envelope, slid it across my desk, and said, ‘I translated this for you if you have an interest.’ I opened it and it was a 32-page paper that she’d translated from French to English.

I left the clinic a little after midnight that night, got home, sat down at the table, and started reading it. After the first page I got excited. I jumped up, went over to my desk, grabbed a highlighter and a pen, and started highlighting and writing in the margins. She’d written her phone number where she was staying with her family in Alhambra, California, and wrote, ‘Dr. Young, if you have an interest, call me.’

I read and I marked and I read and I marked. And then I re-read. At 3 o’clock in the morning, I thought, I’d better get to bed because I’ve got to head back over to the clinic. I went to bed but I couldn’t sleep—I was too excited. I got up and re-read again and wrote some more.

Annemarie’s research sent me on a journey to meet essential oil experts throughout the world. I am so grateful for all that I learned and for the many mentors I was led to.

Annemarie and European Oils, Part I

Thanks to a lady named Annemarie, Gary took a look at authentic, Europe essential oils and found them much different than America’s perfume oils. This led to Gary studying with experts like Dr. Radwan Farag seen here with Gary at the Riverton, Utah, Young Living laboratory.

Thanks to a lady named Annemarie, Gary took a look at authentic European essential oils and found them much different than America’s perfume oils. This led to Gary studying with essential oil experts like Radwan Farag, PhD, seen here with Gary at the Riverton, Utah, Young Living laboratory.

People have asked me, ‘Gary, what got you into essential oils?’ So I’ll tell you a little story. In 1985 I had a woman come to my clinic with her sister from Zurich, Switzerland. I walked the woman through the clinic and showed her our facilities; and then I sat down, went through all of her medical records, had the nurses take her in with a couple of doctors on staff and check her out. Then I sat down with Annemarie, the sister, and started talking to her about the treatment that we would offer her sister. After we talked about it, she said to me, ‘Well, Dr. Young, what do you know about essential oils?’

And I said, ‘Oh, that aromatherapy stuff? Been there, done it, seen it, not interested.’ I had played a little bit with what were called essential oils from the health food store back in the late ’70’s. They were perfume oils. I didn’t know it because they called it aromatherapy. But I left them alone. By 1985 I still had not touched them again.

She said to me, ‘Well, do you believe that the herbs in your apothecary and the herbs you buy in the health food store are the same quality?’

And I said, ‘No, that’s why we gather our herbs and make our own formulas here.’

She said, ‘Exactly the same with essential oils. I’ve been coming to America for the last 20 years to visit my family. I’ve never seen a true essential oil in America. They are perfume oils and are used for aromatherapy. They’re not going to work.’

And I said, ‘Okay, I can accept that.’

(To be continued.)

Healthy Lifestyle

This photo shows Gary when he first started formulating supplements and discovering essential oils.

This photo shows Gary when he first started formulating supplements and discovering the power of our fabulous essential oils.

What are the 5 elements of a healthy lifestyle? Spiritual, physical, emotional, mental, and social. This is why I created Young Living years ago. I was asked many times, ‘Gary, why don’t you just put your oils in the health food stores?’ Health food stores will not educate you. Nobody knew anything about essential oils when I brought them to America in 1985. I was called a snake oil salesman. In fact, I’ve been called lots of names, and now lots of companies are trying to copy, steal, and plagiarize what I have spent 30 years developing. Some people say that’s a form of flattery. Maybe it is, I don’t know. But you can introduce pure essential oils into any part of your life, and you will make it better.

Abundance. I make another oil blend that is not part of the Everyday Oils kit that probably a lot of you would really enjoy. It’s called Abundance—and it works very well.

When I was building our second office in Riverton, Utah, oh, my goodness, some folks would have thought I was remodeling the barn out back. It looked pretty bad. I took the walls out and started remodeling—that’s where I learned how to be a carpenter—and I was pounding, hanging sheetrock, taping, texturing, and painting; and I mixed Abundance oil blend in the paint.

At that time we were struggling, and I had just four employees. Sometimes the employees would sit there looking at the phone, hoping it would ring with someone wanting to place an order. I had only one order taker. Things were pretty slow, so I just put Abundance in the paint and painted the whole building inside with it. The next day the phone started ringing, and inside of three weeks, we had doubled in sales; and it hasn’t quit today.

We’re officially 20 years old, because I reincorporated in Utah when I moved there in March of 1994, although I actually started Young Living in 1989. Then it was Young Life Products. However, we’re officially a 20-year-old company; and my goal, as I’ve told my executives, is that we’re going to hit 100 percent growth this year.

Everyday Oils: Supporting the Body Systems

The Everyday Oils collection brings you some of Young Living's most popular essential oils and blends.

The Everyday Oils collection brings you some of Young Living’s most popular essential oils and blends.

Here is how our Everyday Oils collection supports our emotions and the systems of the body:

Emotions: Lemon, Frankincense, Peace & Calming, Lavender, and Joy*

Endocrine system (glands): Frankincense*

Cardiovascular system (cardiovascular (heart, blood, blood vessels) and lymphatic (lymph glands, spleen, thymus, tonsils) divisions: Lavender, Valor, and Lemon*

Musculoskeletal system (bones, cartilage, ligaments, muscles): Valor and Lavender*

Immune system (lymph nodes, immune cells): Lemon, Thieves, and Frankincense*

Nervous system (brain, spinal cord, nerves, sense organs such as eyes and ears): Frankincense and Lavender*

Digestive system (mouth, esophagus, stomach, bowels): Peppermint and Lemon*

Respiratory system (lungs, airways): Frankincense, Peppermint, and Thieves*

Integumentary System (Skin, hair, nails, sweat glands): Frankincense and Lavender*

Urogenital system (reproductive organs, urinary system such as kidneys, bladder): Thieves, Lemon, and Frankincense*

Start living with the Everyday Oils collection. This is a nice place to begin. We have a lot of oils in Young Living’s arsenal, so this is just a simple little introduction.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.